Chipped, misaligned, uneven, or stained teeth can be remedied using the cosmetic procedure of veneers. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured material applied on the front surface of the teeth to enhance their appearance. The end result is bright white, perfectly aligned teeth.
The procedure for veneers typically involves three steps:
An initial appointment is necessary to consult with the dentist regarding veneers. If veneers are recommended, the dentist will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the procedure and any limitations. An X-ray may be performed to get impressions of the teeth.
During the next visit, the dentist will scrape about half a millimetre of enamel from the teeth. This may require local anaesthesia. Once this process is completed, the dentist will send a model of the teeth to a dental lab, where the veneers will be constructed. This usually takes between one and two weeks.
The dentist will install the veneer at the third visit. Colour and size will be compared to ensure close match, and the dentist will trim and shape any misalignment. Before bonding, the teeth will be cleaned, roughened, and polished to facilitate the process. The dentist will shine a curing light on the veneers to quickly solidify the bonding material.
Dental veneers offer a permanent natural appearance without the need for crowns. The porcelain material is stain resistant and is tolerated well by gum tissue.